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Dust Storm Crash Kills 1, Closes I-27 North of Lubbock

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    Sage Galloway, KCBD photographer
    Photo taken Dec. 19, 2012, along Interstate 27 between Abernathy and New Deal.

    Interstate 27 north of Lubbock is closed after a major dust storm has caused at least five crashes that have killed one person and injured 17 others, KCBD- TV reports.

    KCBD-TV reports that all lanes, northbound and southbound, are closed at Exit 13 near Abernathy due to a multi-car crash.

    Wind gusts hitting 45 mph have reduced visibility in some parts to near zero.

    The Texas Department of Transportation is "strongly discouraging" travel in the 120-mile corridor between Lubbock and Amarillo.

    The storm has also dropped power lines, cutting electricity to about 1,000 people in the area.